Charles Heron-Watson honored

CHARLES HERON-WATSON (57-61) was honored at the end of November with an honorary Merchant Navy Medal award for services to the welfare and education of the dependents of needy merchant seafarers according to an article in The Times. The medal was first issued in 2005 as a charitable initiative and is supported by the UK…

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Paul W Greening

PAUL W GREENING (42-45), Rear-Admiral, GCVO and Master of the Royal Household 1986-92, died on November 5, 2008, aged 80. He commanded the Royal Yacht Britannia in her heyday 1981-85. Lengthy obituaries were published in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. After Pangbourne Paul joined the Royal Navy as a special entry cadet in 1946.…

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Michael H Wise

MICHAEL H WISE (42-45) died on November 4, 2008, aged 81. He left the NCP to join the Army as the war was ending and spent his career in the Grenadier Guards ending up with the rank of Major. At one point he was based at the HQ of the Household Divisionj in the Horse…

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Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics

ANDREW SIMPSON (90-95) wins a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. For many OPs the events of 2008 were overshadowed by the magnificent achievement of ANDREW SIMPSON (90-95) in winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Sailing with his friend Iain Percy in the Blue Riband Star class off the…

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Peter A Pinkster

PETER A PINKSTER (44-48), Captain RN, died on August 28, 2008, aged 77. He gained his first command in an MTB and then a minesweeper. After promotion to Commander, he commanded Ariadne and later the aircraft carrier Eagle. In 1975 he was promoted Captain and served as Naval Adviser in Canberra, Australia. On retirement he…

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Charles Martin Hebbert

CHARLES MARTIN HEBBERT (52-56), a Major in the Royal Artillery, died on August 26, 2008, aged 70. At the NCP Martin was Chief of Hesperus and the first Captain of Rowing in 1955-56 after the sport had been established in the mid-1950s by Cdr. Hoyle. Martin did his national service in the Army from which…

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Charles Martin Hebbert

CHARLES MARTIN HEBBERT (52-56), a Major in the Royal Artillery, died on August 26, 2008, aged 70. At the NCP Martin was Chief of Hesperus and the first Captain of Rowing in 1955-56 after the sport had been established in the mid-1950s by Cdr. Hoyle. Martin did his national service in the Army from which…

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Richard B S Purdy

RICHARD B.S. PURDY (40-44) died on July 9, 2008 in Gloucester Hospital. Known as Dick, he was awarded the OBE for his work in the Colonial Service in East Africa. On leaving Pangbourne he served in the RNR for three years. After completing his Colonial Service career as the Trade Agent in Malawi, he returned…

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